El Paso County residents are reminded that the Colorado Department of Transportation holding a public meeting May 16 and is currently soliciting official public comment on its proposed plan for widening I-25 through the 18-mile section of roadway from Monument to Castle Rock.

The official Environmental Assessment (EA) 30-day public comment period ends May 29. El Paso County residents are reminded that CDOT has scheduled a public meeting for comment on the EA this Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Liberty High School, 8720 Scarborough Drive in Colorado Springs.

Citizens who can’t attend the public meeting an also submit their written comments on the project website at: https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-25-south-monument-castle-rock-ea or to the project email at: i25gap@cdot.us

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners has stressed that the expansion through I-25 gap area is an urgent public safety concern. Th Board will continue to voice its opposition to the CDOT announced plans to configure the third lane as a toll-managed express lane but points out that both CDOT and the High-Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) are agencies of state government and, therefore, not under county control making it important that citizens add their comments to the official record.

CDOT has indicated that the proposed express lane would be free to vehicles with 3 or more occupants (HOV-3), that toll revenues will be used for only for roadway maintenance and that toll revenues will not be used for construction.